Alpine Hockey Championship | 18.10.2021:
In the only match scheduled for this Monday, Cortina crossed paths with the youth formation of the Vienna Capitals, current Cinderella of the Tournament. This was a psychologically difficult race for Ivo Machacka’s guys who – from the final result – had everything to lose and nothing to gain. For the occasion, “the Squirrels” recovered the twenty-six year old Swedish Mikael Johansson who seemed to have overcome the physical problems of the last few weeks. Moving on to describe the match, we can say that Cortina played at “alternating current” and, despite the clear offensive pressure, never managed to win in the safe, except in the final.
The white-blue start well and find the advantage at 12:27 with the young Giacomo Lacedelli, his first career goal in the Seniores category. Then the squirrels turn off the switch of their game and suffer an unexpected, but deserved, goal (16:41) from Martin Kosnar that balances the result. Before the end of time, however, the signing of the returning Mikael Johansson arrives. In the second drittel practically nothing happens and all the fireworks are concentrated in the final drittel. In fact, at the opening of the third half, Cortina scores two goals in just under three minutes thanks, first to Tommaso Alverà and then to Carlo Finucci. A great shot from the blue by Berhard Posch (4-2) seems to be able to reopen the match. Then, six minutes from the end, the Austrian coach sent the goalkeeper out on the result of 4-2. The move – extremely daring and certainly not common – allows Cortina, contrary to Philipp Ullrich’s hopes, to score twice: first with Marco Sanna and later with Luca Barnabò, adding to the final result in numerical terms. The next match, set for next Thursday, will see Cortina cross the cues with the Rittner Buam, the team currently – in better shape than the whole tournament, the match, all to be seen, will have the face-off at 20:30.
SG Cortina Hafro – Vienna Capitals Silver 6 – 2 (2-1, 0-0, 4-1)
Spectators: 112, Shots on Goal: 41: 24 (17: 5, 15: 6, 9: 13)
Referees: PAHOR, REZEK, Bergant, Javornik.